Making your own Instant Oatmeal Packets: Pinching Pennies

Our household has been tossed around and brutally battered in the past year on the rough seas of the real-world. Fresh out of college, we found out we were expecting Baby C. Our plans to save money for a house turned into saving money for the baby & maternity leave. Five weeks after we welcomed our bundle of joy, I found out there would be no job for me to return to.  A few months later (very crazy job-hunting months), Mr E lost his job as well.  We went from earning six figures combined, to none in six months. 

I successfully (and luckily) found employment quickly shortly after Mr E lost his, but every day is a challenge financially and emotionally. I'm looking into every way to stretch each penny earned.  Here is another one of my attempt to make our money go farther.

Me and T love to eat oatmeal for breakfast. We used to buy Quaker brand at Sam's Club, in a super huge box.  It's a good value for name brand, and easy to make with just hot water - I take it along with a mug to work.  We switched to Aldi's Millville brand at somepoint when saving up for Baby C to arrive. It's not the same quality (I do find hulls every once in a while, and the tastes are different), but the awesome price makes up for it.

The other day, the random thought popped into my head that I could make those little packets myself. So off I went to Google how to do it.  I found a few blogs that showed how to do it, like A Season for All Things.  In the end, I made up my own recipe to suit our tastes.

Ingredients and assembled bags - ignore the mess :)
1/2 C. quick cooking oats
1 Tbsp. brown sugar .... we like it sweet!
1 tsp dry milk
1/4 tsp cinnimon
1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
Pinch of salt

To assemble:
Put all ingredients into snack size zip bags, or tupperware of choice.
To cook, add about 1/2 cup of hot water and let sit until thickened. Or, add water and microwave for about 30 seconds or 1 minute.

I found it easiest to set up all the bags, and add one ingredient in all the bags before moving onto the next ingredient. Otherwise, I'd forget which ones were already added, and which weren't - the kids distract me too much!

In the next few days, as we eat this up, I'll add updates to any tweaks that I make!

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  1. great idea! My daughter loves oatmeal in the morning and I would love to have some for work and I could make it gluten free!

  2. Thanks :) I'm always looking for ways to eat healthy - but not loose convenience either, which can by tricky to do both!


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